Sometimes I think it's funny that my kids will never experience a time in their life when technology isn't a part of it. When I was a kid, we had a VCR with a remote control that plugged in, a computer with a green screen, and when you wanted to tell someone something, you picked up the phone or pulled out a piece of paper and an envelope.
My girls, on the other hand, will always have computers, the internet, gadgets galore, and, most importantly, instant communication through things like text and email. I don't know how old they will be before I will let them have their own email accounts, but I'm sure that it will be much younger than when I set up mine sometime in high school. Or was it college?
But ever since that day, I can't imagine life without email. To be able to send a message to friends, family or business contacts that are down the block, across the state, across the country or across the world in an instant whenever and wherever is something that is such a huge part of my life.
Whether it is noisy in the background or it is 3 a.m., I can type out a quick hello or take the time to read the messages that are waiting for me. Everything from engagement and birth notices to party invitations to weekly play group details to funeral arrangements have come through my email over the years and I've laughed and cried and stayed informed through all of them.
As well as the personal benefits, without email I'm not sure how I would keep my out-of-town relatives up to date on what is going on in our lives. Sure, there is a picture or two posted here on my blog of the kids most days, but what about when I just want to write a quick letter to my mom telling her about the shenanigans that these two crazies got into today?
And even better than just sending the words, I can take that picture and upload it right into my message so that when my mom opens her email, their smiling faces will be waiting for her. I love that part about email and this little video from Yahoo! sums it up pretty much perfectly:
So, yes, I have a love affair with email. I'm never quite sure what I'm going to find when I pull up my inbox each day, but I just can't help getting excited with the anticipation of it. There is a whole virtual collection of my life in there and who knows what is going to be added next?
What about you? Are you addicted to your email? Is there one in particular that stands out as the best that you've ever received?